Instagram Launches Facility to “Go Live With” a Friend

By Techpads | Last Updated: October 30, 2017- 8:05 pm
Instagram Launches Facility to “Go Live With” a Friend

To use the “Go Live With” feature, the user needs to first begin broadcasting live and then invite a friend to join in.

In an attempt to get a step up on Snapchat, Facebook-owned Instagram has launched its new “Go Live With” feature. Following a test run earlier in August, Instagram users can now broadcast live along with a friend. What is essentially means that now two people can broadcast together, with the video appearing on a split screen that shows both participants. However, the user who initiated the broadcast retains the ability to add or remove the other participant, whenever they wish to.

To use the “Go Live With” feature, the user needs to first begin broadcasting live and then invite a friend to join in. When the friend joins, the video looks different in that a viewer will see two circles, one placed on top of the other, rather than the usual single live video circle. This update is available both on Google Play Store and Apple Store, as part of the Instagram 2.0 update

This new update comes soon after Instagram launched its much-awaited threaded comments update in August.


How Does It Work?

“Live video helps you share in an authentic way, but sometimes it can be intimidating when you’re on your own. It’s easy to add a guest while you’re broadcasting. Simply tap the new icon on the bottom right and tap “Add” to invite anyone who’s currently watching. Once they join, you’ll see the screen split into two and your friend pop up right below you,” Instagram explained, in a promotional blog post for the new “Go Live With” feature on October 24.

The icon for the feature appears on the bottom right hand corner of the screen when a user starts streaming a live video to their followers. Once the video is live, the user can add guests to the session for a camera-to-camera chat. If the guest accepts the invite, the screen will split into two, and the friend’s live video will show up right below the original user’s video. Followers can then comment and join into the conversation via messages, just like any other Instagram feed.

The user who initiated the video can also choose to remove a guest and invite a new one to keep the conversation lively and interesting, or they can choose to end their own participation. Once the broadcast has ended, the user can either choose to share the video or “Discard” it.

In order to “Go Live With” a friend, you need to first tap the icon for this new feature once you log onto the updated version of Instagram. Once you begin streaming your video, click on the “Add” option to invite anyone who might be watching your video at that point of time by clicking or tapping on their name. Either you could choose to remove this guest from the live streaming after some time, or the person could choose to leave on their own. To remove the guest, you will need to click or tap the “X” icon that will appear on the top right hand corner of your screen. Following this, you can either choose to invite another person or end the video.

Definitely seems like Instagram is all set to add more fun to its platform.